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54 Songs With Gold or Golden in the Title

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

The color gold -- often bright and sparkly -- symbolizes wealth, success, and high value. Celebrate the prestigious and inspirational color gold with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs.

The color gold -- often bright and sparkly -- symbolizes wealth, success, and high value. Celebrate the prestigious and inspirational color gold with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs.

A Little Gold Goes a Long Way

If the color gold were a person it would be that needy, attention-seeking relative who is always interjecting, "Hey, look at me! What about me?" The best color of trophies and medals, gold is a dazzling metallic hue that signifies prosperity. It boldly announces success and sophistication. Think about how a gold Rolex watch or cuff links says what you don't need to: "I'm important."

But a little gold goes a long way. There's no need to overdo it and fall into the realm of the gaudy, as with a gold toilet seat or gold lamé hot pants. (If you're doing that, you're either a show-off, a wanna-be, or way out of style.) The color gold can also lose its flashiness and take on humbler tones in nature, such as those found in the earthier hues of grain, sand, or leaves.

Associated with the sun, gold conveys a strong, luxurious meaning. Symbolically, the color is aligned with spiritual enlightenment, perfection, health, achievement, and wealth. Whatever gold means to you, celebrate all things gold and golden with a playlist of pop, rock, country, R&B, songs. We have a long list to start you off.

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1. "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" by Linda Ronstadt

All of the precious metal in the world can't make a person as feel warm and valued as a partner's knowing embrace. Gold is a hollow substitute for the love this wife earnestly seeks in her marriage. (Sigh).

The wealthy woman in this 1974 country-pop ditty complains to her cheating husband that he cannot buy her love or happiness. Instead, she asks him to deliver on the loving promises he once made to her.

2. "Golden" by Harry Styles

Former One Directioner Harry Styles has a major crush in this 2019 pop song, although his love interest feels reluctant about taking a risk on him. He, therefore, wears his heart on his sleeve and confesses how hopelessly enamored he is with her.

By calling the young woman "golden" and placing her upon a proverbial pedestal, the narrator attempts to convince her to overcome her fear of heartbreak. Their relationship may end up to be golden. Who knows?

3. "Gold Digger" by Kanye West (featuring Jamie Foxx)

Should you marry for love or for money? A gold digger is a person (traditionally a female) who engages in a transactional relationship—usually sex and companionship for financial gain, as opposed to genuine love.

Kanye West originally wrote this 2005 rap-pop crossover hit from a female's point of view. When rapper Shawna turned it down, however, he revamped the song for himself. The Grammy Award-winning track describes a man's relationship with his gold-digging shorty. VH1 recognized "Gold Digger" as #20 on their list of the "100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs Ever."

4. "Gold Rush" by Death Cab for a Cutie

Mega-corporations like Amazon have completely transformed Seattle's skyline since the mid-1990s. These rapid and often unwelcome changes prompted this 2018 alternative rock tune.

In "Gold Rush," the narrator recalls how condos have replaced the neighborhood bar and record store of yesteryear. Old familiar places are now unrecognizable, having been supplanted by construction sites. As cranes bring wreckage, rubble, and change, the former resident mourns all that used to be, and the view of the city provides token remembrances of what is no more.

5. "Golden" by Lady A

The woman in this tender 2014 love ballad holds thoughts of her partner close at heart, even as the two are separated by many miles. Extraordinarily grateful for having her sweetheart in her life, she closes her eyes, recalling many of the features that she loves about him:

You are golden
Precious as a prayer flying up through the air
While the rain is falling
Golden—timeless as a kiss.

6. "Gold" by Imagine Dragons

You might think it fortunate to possess the Midas touch, the remarkable ability to discover money and success at every turn. Note that the talent is named after the Greek King Midas, who according to myth was granted the gift of turning everything he touched to gold.

Just as the legendary king suffered starvation on account of his golden touch, the guy in this 2014 rock song finds that wealth can be a curse when you don't know who you can trust. A mighty hollow feeling lingers when you can't tell who is being authentic with you.

7. "Golden" by Kylie Minogue

Australian singer Kylie Minogue celebrates those who are enjoying the prime, active era of their lives right now. Neither in their dawn nor sunset years, they feel the warm radiance of sunshine on their faces in her 2018 pop self-empowerment anthem, "Golden." In the golden age of life, they are hopeful, forward-looking, and full of both agility and confidence. What could be better?

8. "The Golden Age" by Beck

A "golden age" refers to a time of peak happiness, accomplishment, and success. Thus, at first blush, this seems to be an odd title for this soothing, low-key alternative rock song from 2002. The narrator drives all night with a headache in the desolated desert with the windows down. He feels the weight of the world and is trying to escape a conflict situation (perhaps a broken relationship).

Driving is his therapy. There is no reference to the golden age because it hasn't happened yet. That's his destination, and he'll get there eventually. He'll drive through the desolate desert night into the morning light.

9. "House of Gold" by Twenty One Pilots

Jamming with his ukulele, a grateful narrator pays tribute to his mom in this 2011 pop song. In a conversation between a man and his mother, the son promises to take care of his mom in her old age. He agrees to make her queen of everything she sees and to buy her a symbolic house of gold, meaning that he will make her feel contented and joyful. What a dutiful, dedicated son!

10. "Gold" by Owl City

This bittersweet 2012 electronica track reminds me of sending a loved one off to college. The narrator is addressing someone he holds dear who inspires him. He believes in their potential and calls them "gold." Then he unselfishly encourages them to move on and reach for their own dreams because they'll never be far from him emotionally.

11. "Sister Golden Hair" by America

Fear of commitment stands in the way of happiness for the man in this chart-topping 1975 soft rock song. Although he is in love with a golden-haired beauty, there's something in him that prevents him from taking a trip down the aisle with her. He asks for her understanding. (Sooner or later, I imagine she's going to get tired of the commitment-phobic man's indecisiveness. Been there!)

12. "Golden Ring" by George Jones & Tammy Wynette

Just a year following George Jones' and Tammy Wynette's divorce, this chart-topping country favorite was released, in 1976. Despite the breakup of their roller coaster six-year marriage, the musical couple continued to record hit duets together.

"Gold Ring" is the story of two young lovebirds who shop for a wedding ring in a pawn shop in Chicago. The groom is unable to afford a more elaborate ring, so he purchases the used golden ring, and they marry in a chapel that afternoon.

Fast forward several years, and the marriage is at a breaking point. The lovers argue, the wife throws her ring at her husband, and she walks out on their marriage. The recycled wedding ring ends up right back where it started, in the pawnshop, ready to be purchased by another couple.

The refrain of the song points out that

By itself, it's just a cold metallic thing
Only love can make a golden wedding ring.

13. "We Are Golden" by Mika

Offering up an anti-bullying message, this 2009 pop number refers to the teen years as a "circus." Mika recalls being bullied as a youth, and in this song he empathizes with the difficulty of being maligned by peers.

The narrator references sitting alone, having things thrown at him, and being stared at. In addition, although he feels vulnerable enough to self-harm, his survival instinct also kicks in, and he searches to defend himself with recited messages of self-worth and acceptance (being "golden").

14. "Everything That Glitters Is Not Gold" by Dan Seals

The mother in this #1 country song from 1986 chose her career to the exclusion of her family, unable to resist the allure of the spotlight as the sweetheart of the rodeo circuit. The husband she left behind raises their young daughter alone.

The child, however, is starting to ask questions about the mother who no longer calls home. The husband still cares for his estranged wife but is deeply disappointed in her self-centered choices. He uses the glittery rhinestones and sequins of his wife's rodeo costume to draw attention to her unreliability as both a parent and partner:

And, oh the crowd will always love you
But as for me, I've come to know
Everything that glitters is not gold.

15. "Golden" by Jill Scott

In this smooth 2004 R&B self-empowerment anthem, the narrator is proudly living her best life. She is singing loud and high stepping, experiencing joy in God's name. As she grooves, the confident woman enjoys her freedom, as she's living her life like it's golden.

16. "Gold Guns Girls" by Metric

Unfortunately, we've reached a point where nothing is good enough. So says this 2009 rock track. Our culture reeks of materialism, is marked by a cacophony of activity, and women are increasingly objectified as mere sexual objects rather than friendship. In a searing social commentary, this song asks, "Is it ever gonna be enough?"

17. "Golden Days" by Panic! At the Disco

This electro-infused rock song from 2016 features a man who describes the glory days of his youth. He finds some old Polaroids in a store that have now faded over time, and they remind him of his personal golden days.

Sadly, the old photos have lost the vibrancy of their full color. They are greying, just as he is aging. Although he can never go back, the narrator makes a pledge that he'll always recall the past in bright hues—golden, glistening, and idealized in retrospect.

Gold Idioms and Phrases

Idiom or PhraseDefinition

golden handcuffs

job benefits like annual bonuses and stock options that keep highly compensated employees from switching employers

speech is silver, silence is gold

silence is more valuable than too much talking

golden calf

something that is given excessive or unworthy praise, worship, or reverence

a golden hello

a large recruiting bonus given to a new employee

the golden ticket

something or someone providing an opportunity to become very successful

to strike gold

to discover wealth or success, usually by chance

follow the golden mean

avoid excess; practice moderation

goldbricker

a lazy person; someone who avoids or neglects their work

golden shower

intentionally urinating on one's partner during consensual sexual activity

golden handshake

a large severance package used to encourage a worker to leave his or her job

go in search of the golden fleece

to undertake an adventure, oftentimes one that is risky and difficult

golden-ager

elderly; boomer

streets are paved with gold

a place where it's easy to make money or become successful

like gold dust

something that is very valuable but difficult to find

18. "Fool's Gold" by Lee Greenwood

The poor sorry sucker in this 1984 country ditty is remorseful because he wasn't the man he needed to be in his marriage. By failing to be there for his wife and not trying, this failed husband acknowledges causing their divorce. (Doesn't it sound like he cheated?)

I took a perfect love and gave you a perfect heartache
I took a band of gold and made a 24-carat mistake
And turned it into
Fool's gold, and I was a fool 'cause I let you go
Fool's gold, yes I was a fool 'cause I didn't know.

Singer Lee Greenwood might know a thing or two about past regrets such as these, as he's been married four times. The Grammy Award-winner says he is finally happy in his present marriage to former Miss Tennessee, who is 25 years younger than he is.

19. "Fields of Gold" by Sting

The two young sweethearts in this 1993 rock ballad experience a love that transcends time, space, and lives. Whereas fields of barley symbolically represent their earthly relationship, fields of gold represent their eternal love. Although the couple is physically separated, nothing can separate what they feel for one another. Years later, they are reunited in a sense when the woman returns to where they first fell in love.

20. "Like Gold" by Vance Joy

Do you have a former lover whose memory you still treasure like gold? Nostalgia can still pluck at those heartstrings.

In this 2017 pop ballad, nevermind the fact that the man is probably wearing rose-colored glasses. He looks back on a romantic relationship that fell apart and cherishes his ex's kindness and the passion they once shared. She is still like gold to him. As the narrator reflects on how they still share both a special connection and history, he hopes that they can have another go at it. (Perhaps he will learn that there is no reboot on the past.)

"Love is the only gold." - Alfred Lord Tennyson, British poet

"Love is the only gold." - Alfred Lord Tennyson, British poet

Even More Songs with Gold or Golden in the Title

Know a song that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. Gold on the Ceiling

The Black Keys

2012

22. Gold

Jamie Scott (featuring Christina Perri)

2014

23. Gold Rush

Ed Sheeran

2018

24. Gold Dust Woman

Fleetwood Mac

1977

25. Gold

Kiiara

2015

26. Golden

Fall Out Boy

2007

27. Gold in the Air of Summer

Kings of Convenience

2004

28. Rose Gold

Pentatonix

2015

29. Golden Slumbers

The Beatles

1969

30. Heart of Gold

Neil Young

1972

31. Fool's Gold

One Direction

2014

32. Gold

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

2012

33. Golden Years

David Bowie

1975

34. Fool's Gold

Aaron Carter

2016

35. Gold Trans Am

Kesha

2012

36. Gold

Prince

1985

37. Gold Coast

Grouplove

2011

38. Gold

Victoria Justice

2013

39. Gold

Britt Nicole

2012

40. Gold Lion

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

2006

41. Glitter & Gold

Rebecca Ferguson

2011

42. All the Gold in California

Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band

1979

43. Glitter Ain't Gold

Whiskey Myers

2019

44. Copper & Gold

The Heavy Horses

2012

45. GoldenEye

Tina Turner

1995

46. Black and Gold

Sam Sparro

2008

47. Gold Dust

Lenny Kravitz

2018

48. Golden

Travie McCoy (featuring Sia)

2015

49. She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)

Jerry Reed

1980

50. Fool's Gold

Jill Scott

2015

51. Band of Gold

Freda Payne

1970

52. Goldfinger

Shirley Bassey

1964

53. Gold

Spandau Ballet

1983

54. Silence is Golden

The Tremeloes

1967

© 2020 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2020:

Liza - Thanks for listening and commenting.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 13, 2020:

MG - How kind of you. Thank you.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on October 11, 2020:

What a lovely collection you are simply wonderful at this. Thank you

Liza from USA on October 11, 2020:

I didn't notice there are lots of songs with a "gold or golden" title. However, I have listened to the songs on your list, and some are not. It's impressive that you've managed to compile the list! Thanks for sharing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 11, 2020:

Bill - Silver should probably be in there somewhere, I guess. It's only fair. Glad you enjoyed this! Have a great week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 11, 2020:

Eric - What an awesome favorite color! Thanks for stopping by. Have a golden shimmery week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 11, 2020:

Ann - Thanks for that excellent addition! I'm glad you enjoyed the list. I've been a little delayed in responding to comments but thanks for your patience. Have a great week ahead!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 11, 2020:

Pamela - I'm happy that you enjoyed this so much. Go ahead and sing your heart out.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 11, 2020:

Raymond - Thanks for the kind kudos. I'm glad you enjoyed the list. Have a great week ahead.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 11, 2020:

Linda - That's a lovely association for the color. I hope you were able to find a song or two that you liked on the list.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 11, 2020:

Rajan - The Golden Temple sounds beautiful. I've seen other gold-adorned buildings but probably nothing like that. Have a wonderful weekend.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 10, 2020:

The "Golden Temple" in India always comes to my mind when I think of the colour gold. The way this it has been used in each and every nook and corner of it is a must-see. Nothing ostentatious about it at all. Nice to learn the different ways gold and golden signifies love, memories and more in this list of songs.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 10, 2020:

I've never heard of any of the songs that you mention, but as always, your descriptions are interesting. I found your poll quite thought provoking. I would have to say that gold represents the color of autumn leaves for me.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 10, 2020:

Bill - That one immediately came to mind for me as well. I've always loved it. Have a terrific fall weekend and enjoy all the splendid colors.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 10, 2020:

Heidi - The theatres in my area have temporarily closed again in light of the pandemic. I miss movie popcorn and international travel. It wouldn't have to be a good movie. I just want the experience again. Guess we'll have to wait a little longer. Thanks for stopping by and have a golden weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 10, 2020:

Linda - Thanks for your kind comment. Have a golden weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 10, 2020:

Ankita - I appreciate your kind kudos and am glad you took interest in the table of gold phrases and idioms.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 10, 2020:

Peggy - I love the fall colors. I used to live in both Maine and right along the Blue Ridge Parkway and autumn was unforgettable.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 10, 2020:

Audrey - I've always loved the sparkle as well! Thank you and stay healthy and happy yourself!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on October 09, 2020:

I enjoyed this compilation of songs. Gold is indeed beautiful. I've been adding it to my rock art for a bit of sparkle. Stay safe, my friend.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 09, 2020:

The first song reminded me of my brother, who, as a teenager, had a crush on Linda Ronstadt. I enjoyed this song list and the idioms. The color of gold reminds me of the fall season when the leaves of some trees turn exquisite colors, including that of gold.

Ankita B on October 09, 2020:

Great list. I enjoyed reading the idioms and phrases and their meaning. It was interesting. Thank you for sharing.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 09, 2020:

This one be had me scratching my head for what songs you could possibly come up with. All I could think of was Goldfinger. You amaze me. It's obvious that you do a lot of research for each article. Happy Friday to you.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on October 09, 2020:

Noticed there are two Bond flick tracks in the list. Goldfinger is my fave Bond flick ever! Bummed "No Time to Die" has been delayed to 2021. :(

Here's a real old oldie add: Silver Threads Among the Gold. It's been covered by Bing Crosby. A different slant on the gold theme.

Hope your autumn is beautifully golden!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 09, 2020:

I got the one by America right off, shortly followed by the Beatles classic lullaby. Two in thirty seconds is pretty good for this old man. Great fun, as always, Flourish! Now, if you'll excuse me, I will go ask Alexa to play Sister Golden Hair.

Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on October 09, 2020:

Fantastic list. I’m glad you added Liz’s recommendations. Spandau Ballet’s Gold was a huge hit in the Netherlands too. I love the colour of Gold. More than the value of the object itself.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 09, 2020:

This is a wonderful group of songs with gold or golden and I was not familiar with some of the groups.

Other songs I could sing the lyrics to, LOL. I don't sing all that well. I enjoyed your very thorough list, Flourish. Have a wonderful weekend.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 09, 2020:

There's also Silence is Golden by The Tremeloes, one of my favourites in the 60s. I knew a few on your list. 'Band of Gold' was a favourite at teacher training college discos!

Well done, as always, on your varied selections, Flourish!

Ann

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 09, 2020:

Gold is just plain and simple my favorite color.

Sure like the songs -- yes all of them.

Cool glossary of terms.

I will be back to listen through the day.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on October 09, 2020:

Another great list, Flourish. I am always amazed at how many songs you find with the same theme. Is silver next? Great job. Have a wonderful weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 09, 2020:

Liz - Thanks for those recommendations. I have added both of them. Have a golden weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 09, 2020:

Chitrangada - Thank you for sharing how important gold is in your life. Have a wonderful weekend.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 09, 2020:

Excellent compilation of songs, with gold or golden as the theme. Enjoyed going through your list, the videos, the idioms and phrases.

Gold is my favorite for many different reasons. It signifies prosperity and grandeur, and is considered auspicious in India.

Thanks for sharing another wonderful article.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 08, 2020:

In the UK 'Gold' by Spandau Ballet was popular in its day. You have put together a fascinating list. The James Bond film "Goldfinger" also comes to mind.